The complex case of a trust holding assets worth millions of dollars in polygamous communities inched forward Tuesday after a judge signed off on a plan to pay the man overseeing that trust.
During a Tuesday hearing, 3rd District Judge Denise Lindberg approved a plan to move the United Effort Plan (UEP) case toward resolution. The plan is designed to get payment for fiduciary Bruce Wisan, who oversees the UEP, and offers hints at how the state may eventually end its involvement in the case.
The UEP trust controls much of the land in Hildale, Utah, and Colorado City, Ariz., where the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is based. The trust was created by the FLDS church but was taken over by the state in 2005 over concerns that it was being mismanaged. Wisan, an accountant, was subsequently appointed as fiduciary to oversee the trust but has never been paid and is now owed $5.69 million.